The Town of Bluffton is anticipating the biggest Christmas parade to date with 10,000 to 15,000 people expected to line the streets here in old town Saturday morning.
The parade starts at Town Hall on Bridge Street and ends on Pin Oak and 8th Avenue, which means every street in between will be closed.
“We’re gonna start shutting down the streets starting at 8:30 in the morning. This is so we can check the parade route and we can start setting up floats,” said Capt. Joseph Babkiewicz with the Bluffton Police Dept.
Road closures include:
- Bridge Street
- Calhoun Street from Bridge to May River Road
- May River Road from Calhoun Street to Pin Oak Street
- Pin Oak Street from May River Road to 9th Avenue
No parking will be allowed on any of these roads starting at 7:00 a.m. Saturday. Town officials say cars will be towed at the owner’s expense.
“There are several areas people can park,” Babkiewicz said. “They can park at the Old Oyster Park, over by MC Riley Sports Complex, or if they have a friend who lives in Bluffton Park area, you know get up with them and see if they can park their cars in their parking lots over there.”
During the parade, they ask that children are kept close and don’t run onto the parade route for candy.
“We just don’t want anything to happen, for the safety of the children, to run out when a float or a car is running by,” said Babkiewicz.
Bluffton Police, along with town staff and several volunteers, will be stationed along the parade route to assist with any needs.
“We just ask people to be patient with us. There are going to be officers at each one of these locations directing people on how to get to a certain location if they need to get there,” Babkiewicz said. “The trip may take a little bit longer, but this is certainly for the safety of all the patrons for the parade.”
Festivities start with the town’s Christmas tree lighting Friday, Nov. 30 at 5:00 p.m. in Dubois Park.
The parade is Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. Street closures will last until about noon or 1:00 p.m. Saturday, depending on crowds.